David Morales & Cameron Douglas present The Best International Act Award to The Chemical Brothers at Dancestar USA. The Chemical Brothers are a British electronic dance music band composed of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons originating in Manchester in 1989. Along with The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, The Crystal Method, and fellow acts, they were pioneers at bringing the big beat genre to the forefront of pop culture. In the UK, they have had six number one albums and 13 top 20 singles, including two number ones.
The duo have won a number of awards throughout their career, including four Grammy Awards—twice for Best Electronic/Dance Album, Dancestar USA award for Best International Act and in 2000 won the Brit Award for Best British Dance Act. Late 2002 and early 2003 saw Rowlands and Simons back in the studio working on new material, including “The Golden Path”, a collaboration with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. This was released in September 2003, at the same time as a “best of” album, entitled Singles 93–03, marking ten years of The Chemical Brothers’ releases. Singles 93–03 included most, but not all, of their singles. A second new track, in addition to “The Golden Path”, was included on the album, called “Get Yourself High”. Singles 93–03 was also released on DVD, with extra features including selected live performances and interviews with Rowlands, Simons, and many of their collaborators from throughout the period. “Get Yourself High”, which featured Canadian rapper k-os on vocals, was released as a single in November 2003.
In late 2003 and 2004, The Chemical Brothers continued to work in the studio on new material and a remix of “Slow” by Kylie Minogue. After being released on rare white label vinyl, it was subsequently given a commercial release in March on CD (on her next single “Red Blooded Woman”) and on exclusive 12″ vinyl picture disc (containing two other Kylie remixes). In Summer 2004 they returned to the festival circuit, including appearances at the Glastonbury Festival, Tokyo, Scotland, and Ireland. They also visited South America for the second time (the first time being in 1999), arriving at Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. It was during these sets that they played new material, including “Acid Children”, which proved to be one of the most popular new tracks.
In September 2004, The Chemical Brothers released the seventh “Electronic Battle Weapon”. “Electronic Battle Weapon 7″ was being released as a one-sided promo-only 12”, containing “Acid Children”. A marked departure from the Chemical Brothers’ previous musical endeavours, it featured a screeching 303 bassline and a distinctive vocal sample; a pitch-altered vocal sample proclaiming “You Are All My Children Now!”, which is lifted from the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. It was coupled with the projection of a sinister clown mouthing these same words at their live gigs.
The Electronic Battle Weapon series of promo releases have typically been newly recorded Chemical Brothers tracks, released on promo to allow DJs to test them in a club environment, and to gauge their popularity.
In 2004, The Chemical Brothers began work on Push the Button, their fifth studio album, which features collaborations with Tim Burgess, Kele Okereke, and Anwar Superstar, amongst others. The album was released on 24 January 2005.
“Galvanize”, which features rapper Q-Tip on vocals, was the first single to be taken from Push the Button, and premiered exclusively on iTunes. The single was released on 17 January 2005, and entered the UK chart at No. 3. The second single, “Believe” (featuring Kele Okereke from Bloc Party), failed to crack the top 10, but still made it into the top 20, peaking at No. 18. “The Boxer”, featuring Tim Burgess, became the duo’s first single to fail to crack the top 40.